Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Justice Minister Appeals Sonson Lafamilia Ruling

Haiti: Justice Minister appeals Sonson Lafamila ruling
Justice Minister Pierre Richard Casimir
Justice Minister Pierre Richard Casimir
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Minister of Justice Pierre Richard Casimir submitted an appeal to the Haitian Supreme Court for a reconsideration of the ruling on the case of Woodly Etheart alias Sonson Lafamilia and Renel Nelfort alias Renel Le Cref.

The information came via a tweet from Reuters reporter Peter Ganitz:
@pganitz: in #Haiti @MJSPHaiti Pierre-Richard Casimir said he filed appeal to Haitian Supreme Court. Questioning move to throw out #Sonson indictment

The appeal was submitted before the Tuesday deadline and if the court of appeals chooses to accept it, the two previously indicted, murderer-kidnappers, close to President Michel Martelly, may be returned to prison.

Minister Casimir's appeal comes after the Obama administration expressed "concern" of the speed at which the case of Sonson Lafamilia was thrown out by the embattled Judge Lamarre Belizaire.

Tuesday tweets from the Ministry of Justice account said the government was not okay with decision on Sonson Lafamilia and an earlier tweet said it would exercise the power of appeal.

Over the weekend, Casimir dismissed the Government Commissioner of Port-au-Prince Kerson Darius Charles for his performance in prosecuting the case.

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